Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
Cy Young T206 Piedmont -- “Bare Hand Throwing” (PSA Mint 9) – “1 of 1 Piedmont Cigarettes”
The term “iconic” is seldom applied to our National Pastime’s glorious list of over 250 Hall of Famers. While all honored members merit some sense of baseball immortality, only a handful of these stars can really be considered a baseball icon. Such a player’s stratospheric accomplishments not only surpass statistical expectations, but provide a path of excellence for thousands who follow in their glorious footsteps. Cy Young, the legendary author of baseball’s unbreakable record of 511 lifetime victories, certainly falls in this iconic class to the extent that baseball’s annual award for pitching excellence will carry his name forever. Coincidently, his representation on this miraculous PSA Mint 9 offering is worthy of a hollowed stature reserved for only a few existing cards. This cardboard jewel would leave any avid enthusiast speechless, an artifact so breathtaking, that its sole resting place should be Cooperstown, New York. But what is so incredible about a Cy Young Mint “9” tobacco card? Well, consider this population report data:
· Of the approximate 450 encapsulated “Bare Hand Showing” Cy Young’s, this offering is the ONLY recorded Piedmont Cigarette PSA Mint 9!
· There is ONLY two other PSA 9 Cy Young “Bare Hand Showing” examples in the “unknown advertisement” population report category.
· How tough is attaining ANY PSA 9 T206, let alone an example of a legendary Hall of Famer? PSA has currently encapsulated over 99,000 T206’s, with only 0.3% receiving the sanctified “Mint” grade!
No baseball player could possibly receive a greater honor than have an award named after him, the ultimate compliment to a player’s lifetime achievements. Yet, when you consider that Denton “Cy” Young won 511 baseball games, pitched over 7,000 innings, won over 20 games fifteen times and 30 games five times, it was a “no-brainer” when the baseball writers of America chose his name to forever represent pitching excellence. Considering his incomprehensible statistical achievements, it is only fitting that within the hobby, there still lies a majestic cardboard keepsake worthy of his legacy. This offering is certainly that card, providing the collector with extraordinary eye pleasing qualities consistent with its original release date a full century ago. Young’s classic follow through pitching motion is vividly registered, with his uniform colors and yellow/green background hues as vibrant as the day a cigarette smoker claimed this masterpiece from a tobacco pack. Dazzling snow like borders are centered relatively 50/50, with razor sharp edging and un-improvable pinpoint corners complimenting a “blazing” perimeter. The Piedmont “150 Subjects” reverse has retained its original bold blue print registration, and no surface flaws are evident on both sides of the card. It’s unfathomable to imagine this card’s overall aesthetics possibly surpassing Young’s pitching feats, yet one look at this masterpiece would make any advanced collector second that notion.
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